Coen Brothers To Remake 'The Ladykillers'

Tom Hanks has firmed up his next two starring roles. He'll first take a steam train to the North Pole in the Robert Zemeckis-directed "Polar Express," then play a thief in the Coen brothers-directed remake of "The Ladykillers" at Touchstone, reports Variety.

While Hanks could conceivably slip in a different movie right after, all signs point to him following "Polar Express" with the black comedy "Ladykillers." The film is a contemporized remake of the 1955 Ealing comedy that starred Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers.

Penned by Joel and Ethan Coen and set in the South, the pic revolves around a crusty old landlady who unwittingly rents rooms to a group of thieves looking to use her haunt as a hideout. They try to dispose of the matron but find her fairly indestructible.

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